Erebidae: Arctiinae

2062 (ABH72.021) Water Ermine Spilosoma urticae, (Esper, 1789)


Bulgaria, 12th July 2012
Bulgaria, 12th July 2012
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Bulgaria, 12th July 2012
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies

General Information

Pupates in leaf litter.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 18-21mm.
Foodplant(s): Water Mint (Mentha aquatica), Water Dock (Rumex hydrolapathum), Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris), Lousewort (Pedicularis sylvatica), Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus), herbaceous plants
Flying: One generation, June-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Fens, wet meadows, marshes, ditches, vegetated shingle.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Huntingdonshire.

Similar Species
 Photo © Peter Bissell
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
Brown, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: